Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World

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Canongate, 2007 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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“If you only read a handful of nonfiction books this year, [Bananas!] is among your recommended five portions.” —The Observer

In this gripping exploration of corporate manuevering and subterfuge, Peter Chapman shows how the importer United Fruit set the precedent for the institutionalized power and influence of today's multinational companies. Bananas! is a sharp and lively account of the rise and fall of this infamous company, arguably the most controversial global corporation ever – from the jungles of Costa Rica to the dramatic suicide of its CEO, who leapt from an office on the forty-fourth floor of the Pan Am building in New York City. From the marketing of the banana as the first fast food, to the company’s involvement in an invasion of Honduras, the Bay of Pigs crisis, and a bloody coup in Guatemala, Chapman weaves a dramatic tale of big business, political deceit, and outright violence to show how one company wreaked havoc in the “banana republics” of Central America, and how terrifyingly similar the age of United Fruit is to our age of rapid globalization.

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User Review  - Connie - Goodreads

this topic has been of great interest to me since gabriel introduced me to it in 100 years of solitude. this company has been unlike any other. it was called the octopus bc its long reaching arms were ... Read full review

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The topic of this book, the United Fruit Company and its involvement in the politics of the Caribbean Islands and Central America, should have been really interesting. The book, however, was written ... Read full review


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Peter Chapman is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania in Australia and was nominated for the Tasmanian Pacific Bicentenary History Prize for his editing of Historical Records of Australia Series III, Volume VIII.

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